When Sarah and Mike Hudnall bought a renovated townhouse in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, they were thrilled to finally have a backyard. But they knew it needed lots of work. They wanted the long, skinny space–typical of New York City backyards–to serve many functions: providing space for cooking, for hanging out, for growing things, and for their kids to play. Sean Lewis and Jesse Terzi, partners in Brooklyn’s New Eco Landscapes, got the job done in four weeks.
Photography by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Gardenista.
In an unusual move for this densely populated city, several sections of fence were left partially open. “We did that to allow more light in,” says Lewis, “and not shut out the neighbors so much.”
Planted next to the stove: coreopsis, a reliable, low-maintenance perennial that flowers all summer. A water-efficient irrigation system keeps all the plants happy.
“Having a Brooklyn backyard was our dream,” says Sarah. “And the way Sean and his team completed it was beyond all our expectations.”
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published July 2014.
For more Brooklyn gardens, see:
- The Magicians: An English Professor and a Novelist Conjure a Garden in Brooklyn.
- Brooklyn Backyard Visit: A Developer-Built Home Finds Its Outer Cool
- Sustainable Solutions: A Modern Garden for a Historic Townhouse in Brooklyn